Weekly Update – 9th October 2011

WHO’S WHO To help us get to know each other better, everyone is invited to wear a name label throughout October.

COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place on Sunday 6 November at 6.00 pm.  If there is someone you would like to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back of church. Thank you.

LIVING THE DIFFERENCE is the title of a series of sermons on the Lord’s Prayer to commence next Sunday at the 10.00 am service.  For background reading, see Dom Crossan’s, The Greatest Prayer, in the library, and Ian’s notes available on the card stall.

VULNERABLE ADULTS St Mark’s seeks to be an inclusive community.  One implication of this is that some of our number have particular needs that we seek to respond to in a strategic way, working collaboratively where possible with other agencies and interested parties.  If you would benefit from this kind of support or are aware of someone associated with St Mark’s who might, please have a word in confidence with a member of the Clergy or the Vulnerable Adults Officer, Jane Padget.

ORGAN RECITAL To mark his appointment as Organist of St Mark’s, Professor Andrew Linn will give an inaugural recital on Saturday 22 October at 7.30 pm.  Further details to follow shortly.  All proceeds towards the St Mark’s Organ Fund.

BROOMHALL NEWS The October edition is available on the card stall.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00-5.00 pm.  Please call in if you can.

SOLAR PANEL UPDATE – To date we have had a fantastic response to the Solar Panel Funding Appeal with 56 pledges received, mostly Gift Aided, and promising a total of £34, 580 including recovered tax.  We are very grateful to all who have responded so far.  The Appeal deadline is next Sunday 16 October 2011 and with just £5,420 remaining to raise to achieve our funding target of £40,000 in order to install solar panels on the church roof.  If you have yet to respond please do so as soon as possible and by next Sunday.  Please ask any of the welcome team at the back of church or David Ryder, our treasurer, for a pledge form if you do not have one.   Please think prayerfully and carefully about supporting this exciting and innovative proposal for the church to reduce its carbon footprint and offset its substantial electricity costs.

THANK YOU to all who helped keep Sunday Lunch going over the summer.  It has returned entirely! – all welcome.

OCTOBER MESSENGER is now available and waiting in your pigeonholes if you subscribe, or on the card stall at 60p!

MESSENGER ARTICLES Please send copy for the November edition to Hazel Elliott-Kemp elliottkemp@isismedia.co.uk as soon as possible and well before the deadline of THIS SATURDAY.

ICE & FIRE – ASYLUM DIALOGUESExploring human rights stories through performance. Asylum Dialogues is performed by members of their national outreach network. They will be performing at St John’s, Ranmoor this Tuesday at 7.00 pm.  Please see the poster at the back of church.

LIVING THINKING FAITH is an introductory course on the Christian Way running for six weeks on Mondays, 7.30-9.30 pm, from 24 October.  A relaxed and safe environment to learn together and ask the big questions.  No prior knowledge of Christianity is required.  Flyers available.  Free and open to all.  Please sign up.

SHEFFIELD JESUS CENTRE To mark the opening a number of events celebrating Black History Month will take place there: An exhibition entitled, ‘The Changing Face of Broomhall’; 28 October, 7.30 Multicultural evening with food and music from non-white nationalities and cultures.  All welcome!

SCAMS Please be on alert for scams – particularly financial ones through e-mail.  There was a recent one sent to some in the congregation that hacked the e-mail of Neil Krause.  Please also be aware on behalf of others who may be vulnerable to this.

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY PILGRIMAGE in Manor Castle Ward  from 930 am to 2pm on Saturday 29 October 2011.  Starts and finishes at Victoria Methodist Church, Stafford Road, Sheffield S2 2SE. About 4 1/2 miles, taking about 4 ½ hours.  Includes  inspiring church projects, pauses for prayer and reflection, picturesque views and historical sites.  Please contact Sarah Baker 07949 682050 or sarahbaker17@live.co.uk

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch will once again be served on around 1.00 pm.  Tickets are available (£3.00 per person) from Anne in the office.  Also, if you are able to help in some way or donate food or funds, please contact Gary or Jelly.

SUNDAY LUNCH Starting today we are trying a new way of counting the number of people who wish to stay for lunch. There will be a used muesli packet on the table in the lounge, with two envelopes attached: a white envelope containing slips of paper marked “meat” and a brown envelope containing slips marked “veggie”. If you would like to join us for lunch and  please take either a “meat” slip out of the white envelope or a “veggie” slip out of the brown envelope and place it in the box. Feel free to write on the slip if you have any more specific dietary requirements. We will initially pass the box around as well, until people get used to this new system.

FAITH IN FICTION Tuesday, 18 October, 2.00pm at St Andrew’s URC.  An opportunity to hear Robert Beard and others talk about novels which have resonated with their faith and for you to share in the same.  More details on the poster in the foyer.

CELEBRATION OF SPORT A special service will be held at the Cathedral on Monday 14 November, 7.30 pm.  More details in the foyer.  All welcome.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND, 21-23 September 2012 at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, and is open to all who attend St Mark’s.  More details to follow.

THE BROOMHALL BREAKFAST provides a good cooked breakfast on Friday mornings from 8 – 10 am for people such as rough sleepers and an interesting mix of other people.  We use the well equipped kitchen and hall at St Andrew’s URC. Recently we have started regularly catering for over 40.  This puts the helpers under considerable pressure and we need more people to help.  If you can help please contact Sarah Hall, the minister at St Andrew’s (230 9052) who manages the breakfast.  For more details see Mary Roberts or Michael Bayley.

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